Even a U-Turn on planned cuts to the service itself will still leave the NHS under heavy pressure.
As Circle Holdings, the first private firm to manage an NHS hospital, looks to leaving its contract, we have a depressing example of how privatisation can go badly wrong.
Jeremy Hunt and David Cameron both brushed off Labour's concerns over the A&E crisis as political hot air today – they do so at their own peril.
The Health Secretary responded to an Urgent Question from the shadow health secretary about the number of major incidents declared at A&E units.
The Prime Minister was left to resort to accusing the Labour leader of playing politics.
£8bn by 2020.
A number of hospitals in recent days have declared "major incidents" because of A&E pressures.
Ed Miliband's party is repeating the divisive mistakes in the history of Labour's internal debates over the NHS.
By clearly linking a tax to overall spending on the NHS, it can help reconnect voters with the purpose of taxation, but makes healthcare spending vulnerable to macroeconomic shocks and cycles.
Dr Phil Whitaker’s Health Matters column.
Having addressed the deficit and immigration, the party plans to focus on its greatest strength.
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